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Riverkings 2018-2019 Season

Riverkings 2018-19 Hockey

Riverkings returning 9 players for the upcoming season

Jesse Edwards from Rochester NY (photo) is ready for a big season along with 8 other Riverking returners for 2018-19 USPHL season.

The Riverkings return 9 players from the past year, including Rich Young who will be returning for his third year with the team. Of the nine returning, four are forwards including: Jesse Edwards, Rich Young, Cole Creger, and Zach Mlceli. Coming back for another season on defense are three defenders: Raymond Fleming, Zack Hartley, and Collin Moore. And, joining the returners are two goalies: Parker Rutherford and Dom Paciocco. We are happy to see so many return to help keep progressing off of last year's success and produce a welcoming atmosphere for those joining us for the 2018-2019 season.
The players will report this Saturday, August 25th and will begin practice on Monday, August 27th. 

The season will open with an exhibition game at Concordia University on Saturday, September 8th. The season will officially begin with games against the Kasson Vipers on September 14th. 

The first home game will be Friday, November 2nd at 7PM vs Dodge City. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), $2 for children (under 18) and Active Military, and free to SWC Youth Hockey. 

Make sure to follow us through our 2018-2019 as we continue to build hockey up and down the river.

Devin Roeder is named assistant coach for Riverkings

Devin Roeder has joined the Riverkings staff as assistant coach for the 2018-19 season.

Devin is an original Riverking having played for Coach Marty Quarters and Coach Wayne Brown in 2014. Devin went on to play college hockey in his hometown at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, before injuries ended his career.

Devin will be working on Coach Quarters staff as an assistant coach. Devin will help with practice and games, video preparation, and assisting with building hockey up and down the river.

“Devin not only understands our culture, but he has had a hand in helping develop it,” Quarters said. “Being an OG Riverkings, Devin knows firsthand what the players need and what is expected of them, because he has walked in their shoes. His advice and understanding will be very helpful to the players and our staff.

“Devin was a hard-working, gritty player with a great passion for the game. We are excited to welcome Devin to our staff and feel he will be a great addition.”

Roeder said that he was extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Quarters and the Riverkings have provided. “I’m looking forward to help continue to build hockey up and down the river, this time off the ice in a coaching role,” he said.

 

Riverkings continue to help players advance to next level

Riverkings are proud to announce the advancement of forward Olathe KS native Zach Curry from last years team. Zach joined the Riverkings just before winter break and played a big role in helping the Riverkings finish strong after break with the team going 13-3 and in the process locking up 2nd place to secure home ice in the playoffs and advancing to Nationals. Congratulations Zach, hard work does payoff!!!


Riverking sign big Defenseman out of Detroit

Kyle Smith is Rhode Island's jewel to the Riverkings

Riverkings find diamond in the rough from Prout Rhode Island HS in 01 forward Kyle Smith. 
The 6’ 175 forward comes from the same summer program (run by George Maris @CHC) that produced RK’s Jake Nitsche, Dylan Torres, and Xander Mavrogiannis. 
Coach Quarters said: “When former Riverking Jake Michael Nitsche called me and said he found a forward in Rhode Island that can not only help us but we can also help him and that he fits our aggressive style of play, I tend to listen. Kyle is a hard forechecking player who excels at puck protection, speed, ice vision, and a stoic but passionate approach. After meeting with Kyle and his Dad it was obvious their hard working background fits our culture and felt Kyle is a perfect fit. Kyle no nonsense style of play and work ethic has our staff feeling we have found a diamond in the rough and will be a welcome addition to our team”.
Kyle will be attending Lincoln HS this fall.

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Building hockey up and down the river..

Riverkings sign Payton Carter from the Dallas Blackhawks U16 AAA team

Riverkings concluded their open tryout camp in-conjunction with our groups other teams (Chicago Cougars and Dells Ducks) was a great success with over 100 players/goalies attending @leaf Centre in West Dundee IL.

The Riverkings are proud to announce the signing of Payton Carter a 01 forward from the Dallas Blackhawks U16 AAA team. This is the third player from the Blackhawks and their former coach (Shaun Falzone who is now a scout for the RK’s) to be joining the Riverkings. Payton was a surprise addition to a stack group of forward already under contract for this coming season. Coach Quarters said: Our staff went into tryouts looking for 2-3 D as we prepare to complete our roster, but Payton speed and skill jumped out at us and will fit our style of play. Playing alongside returning forward (Rich Young) and the success they had made our decision very simple to offer Payton a contract. Payton showed speed, skill, and a high compete level added in with his strong character will allow him to be a perfect fit on and off the ice.

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Building hockey up and down the river...

HOME ICE...

Riverkings sign proven goal score from Detroit Honeybaked

Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are excited to announce the signing of '99 forward Thimo Ey from Metamora Michigan. Coach Quarters returned to his old stomping grounds to add the former Honeybaked U18 goal scorer. Thimo not only comes from one of hockey’s top organization, but he also played for a high level coach in Bob Mainhardt and will be prepared to make the step to junior hockey.

Coach Quarters said: “Thimo is a proven goal scorer and can play all three forward positions. This is a player that fits our culture which is based on hard work and high character. Thimo is a very competitive player and also a dedicated student; he already has a plan on which NCAA school he wants to attend and is being recruited to play hockey and study to be an engineer. Our staff felt Thimo was a very important signing as we strive to continue to be a top team in the USPHL Premier and we went hard after him”.

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Riverkings sign two veteran forwards from west coast.

The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings welcome USPHL Premier Vet., Bailey Dorf and Jered Stevenson to this years roster.
Bailey played last season for the Wisconsin Muskies and hails from Portland Oregon. Coach Quarters said: Bailey will bring speed and skill, and added grit and leadership because of his three years of junior hockey experience. Bailey has played in our building and understands our culture which motivated him to want to be part of a winning program. He will bring a love of the game, passion and desire to the rink that goes hand in hand with our team goals.

Jered played in the EHL U18/Elite for the New Hampshire Monarchs last year and had over 50 pts in 40+ games. He is a forward from original Riverkings Brooks Hatfieldhometown of Tracy California.
Coach Quarters said: Jered is lighting quick and offensive. He will help with our team goal of playing fast and attacking style. Jered had a great productive season last year and we look for him to continue to produce offensively and bring excitement South Wood County Recreation Center this coming season.

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2 more new Riverkings players were signed from Texas

The Riverkings sign two players from the Dallas Blackhawks U16 AAA team. Both players played for RK’s scout Shaun Falzone and will add youth as the Riverkings look to reload for continued success in the USPHL Premier.
The new Riverkings are highlighted by smooth skating defenseman Jordan Stear from Frisco TX. Jordan will add speed and skill to the king of the river backend. Coach Quarters said: “Jordan has the skill, skating ability, vision and passing skills to step in as a rookie and contribute to our lineup from day one. Not only is Jordan a top prospect, but it is his character and work ethic that made his signing a perfect fit”.

Also coming to the Riverkings from Dallas is young power-forward Justin Trevino. The San Antonio native will be joining the Riverkings and attending Lincoln HS with Jordan this fall. Coach Quarters said: “Justin is a big strong 6’1” 210 forward who has size, heavy shot, and a determination that fits our culture. Our staff looks for Justin to develop into a powerful wing that resembles current RK (and last years most improved player) Richy Young”.

Both player bring a mind-set that will thrive in our structured environment.

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Riverkings sign their first Australian player

The Riverkings announce the signing of 98 forward Gabriel Devereux-Smith from Floreat Australia becoming the first ever Riverking from down under. Gabe is very dedicated and hard working player with a dream to play NCAA hockey in USA. Gabe will bring a work ethic that fits the Riverkings culture based on hard work and community involvement. The 20year old rightwing from Western Australia adds leadership and the ability to play an uptempo style with a won’t be denied attitude.

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Riverkings sign top Alaskan Prospect

The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are proud to announce the signing of Alaskan native Tanner Dey. Coach Quarters said: “Tanner was a player we identified early into our recruiting process because of his skill, ice vision and pass first ability, size, and his hard shot inside the dots. We also felt Tanner's strong character and desire to work hard to achieve his goals fits the Riverkings culture and will be a welcome addition on the ice and in our community”.

Tanner played for the Wenatchee Wild U18 last season and was third in points and second in assists. This is the same organization that produced top returning defenseman Raymond Fleming. Tanner is a top student and will be interning for his state Legislature in DC this summer before arriving Rapids when players report at the end of August.

 

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Riverkings GM/Head Coach Martin Quarters announces the signing of Jordan Enselmoz

Riverkings GM/Head Coach Martin Quarters is proud to announce the signing of Jordan Enselmoz '98 F France. Jordan is a skilled forward who plays with speed and has good size. Jordan played at Brighton Academy last year and looks to develop as a Riverking before taking his game to a NCAA hockey program.

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Building hockey up and down the river.

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